How to Stop Spotify From Opening at Startup on Mac

Although I love and adore music, I tend to get distracted when one of my favorite music streaming apps Spotify automatically opens up on startup in Mac. Here, selecting the right playlist becomes more important than my office tasks. Does that happen to you as well? Then you need to stop Spotify from opening on Mac startup.

How to Stop Spotify From Opening Automatically on Mac Startup

Quite like the feature of upgrading to Spotify premium, the app does not keep the said setting handy. It was after some poking around that I found the setting. In doing so, I found a setting perfectly suited to my case.

As I mentioned, I love music and tend to get distracted when Spotify pops up. So, instead of preventing Spotify from opening on startup, I can choose it to start and minimize on my Dock. This way, the app remains always approachable, without distracting.

Step #1. Open the Spotify app on your Mac.

Open Spotify App on Mac

Step #2. Log in to the app (skip the step if already logged in).

Click on Login in Spotify App on Mac

Step #3. Select Spotify from the top menu (next to Apple logo on Mac) and click on Preferences.

Select Preferences from Spotify Menu on Mac

Step #4. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and select Show Advanced Settings.

Click on Show Advanced Settings in Spotify Preference on Mac

Step #5. Now, scroll up to Startup and Window Behavior setting.

Go to Startup and Window Behavior Settings on Mac

Step #6. From the drop down menu in front of Open Spotify automatically after you log into the computer, select

  • No to stop Spotify from opening on mac startup
  • Minimize to keep Spotify minimized during startup
Select No to Stop Spotify From Opening on Mac Startup

In case, this method does not work for you, there’s another method you can try.

Change System Settings to Prevent Spotify from Opening on Mac Startup

So basically, your system keeps the log of apps that automatically open during the startup. This log might be pushing your Spotify app to open during every boot. All you need to do is remove Spotify from the list.

Step #1. Tap on Apple () icon and select System Preferences from the menu.

Click on Apple Logo and then click on System Preferences on Mac

Step #2. Select Users & Groups.

Select User and Groups in Mac System Preferences

Step #3. Here, switch to Login Items tab from the top bar.

Click on Login Items in User and Groups on Mac

Step #4. Select Spotify and click on Minus(-) from the bottom of the page.

Click on Minus to Stop Spotify From Opening Automatically

You can also check the hide option; this will hide the application when you turn on your computer.

That’s all folks!! 

In the world of music streaming, Spotify stands tall amongst its competitors. However, it is some small user-interface related issues that holds the app back. While no setting is difficult, finding and reaching that particular setting is a laborius process. For instance, you can only upgrade or delete your spotify account permanently via web.

While I wish Spotify takes heed of such issue and simplify these task.

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Jignesh Padhiyar is the co-founder of, who has a keen eye for news, rumors, and all the unusual stuff around Apple products. During his tight schedule, Jignesh finds some moments of respite to share side-splitting content on social media.

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